The Faust Cycle
or, The House of Dr Faustus
Written, Composed, Performed & Produced by
James Nye, Martha Moopette, The Travelling Mongoose
One afternoon Ergo Phizmiz finds himself lumbered into delivering a parcel to the house of legendary alchemist and necromancer Dr Johann Faustus who, since the events of some time ago for which he is renowned, has entered into a rather quieter life in a vast, labyrinthine house, with hundreds of lodgers running the gamut from artists, birds, bird-people, walking fictions, ventriloquists, a Cassowary, running chairs, walking gramophones, and myriad automata.
This enormous dream fable, told through speech, songs, collage and sound-design, is the result of over three years delving down various rabbit-holes, and features collaborations in a range of contexts with artists of many disciplines, including Jack Phoenix, Margita Zalite, Pete Um, Angela Valid, Bela Emerson, Martha Moopette, Amie Willingale, and Zenith Pitts.
In glorious radiophonic technicolour, it is a musical-comedy of disorientation and magick, somewhere between nightmare and the half-remembered childhood whimsy of an insomniac music-hall artiste.
Please note - "The Faust Cycle" is not, necessarily, suitable for sensitive ears at times, containing, as it does, some naughty words, some sexy references, and a healthy smattering of scatological excess.
"Divination" & "Dick & Liz Expound"
00:00 - 01:38 - Featuring "Little Octet for Assorted Tubes & Cones" by James Nye
"The Legend of George Scrape"
01:40 - 02:41 - Ventriloquist performed by Zenith Pitts
George Scrape story devised with James Nye & Martha Moopette
"From The Toilet of Despair"
02:42 - End - Improvised by James Nye & Ergo Phizmiz
00:00 - 00:52 - Additional music by James Nye & Margita Zalite
00:52 - 00:58 - "Little Octet for Assorted Tubes & Cones" by James Nye
00:58 - 01:18 - "An Evening in Hell" - Piano work
Composed, Performed & Produced by James Nye
01:18 - 01:46 - Additional music by Margita Zalite
01:47 - 02:16 - Dr Faustus Actor performed by Pete Um
Eloise performed by Margita Zalite
02:16 - End - Improvisation for Cello & Electronics by Bela Emerson
00:00 - 00:01 - "An Evening in Hell" by James Nye, reprise
00:01 - 00:26 - "Hell Kebabs" - Electroacoustic work
Composed, Performed & Produced by Angela Valid
00:26 - 00:52 - Text developed with and performed by Martha Moopette
Trumpet by Mark Upton
Improvisation for Cello & Electronics by Bela Emerson
"Chronicles of the Suspicious Gentleman"
00:52 -01:14 - "Fever" performed by Margita Zalite
"Madiana" composed & performed with Aaron Islamb
01:14 - 01:45 - Additional vocals by Margita Zalite
Featuring "Little Octet for Assorted Tubes & Cones" by James Nye
01:44 - 02:00 - Recordings of "The Faust Cycle" workshops at
Quay Arts Podcasts edited by Simon Perry
Workshops facilitated with James Nye
"Kinetoscopes & Dung"
02:00 - End - Trumpet by Mark Upton
"An Evening in Hell" by James Nye
Foley created with The Travelling Mongoose
Interpretations of Erik Satie's "Le Tango Perpetuel" created with James Nye
Violin solo improvised by Amie Willingale
"The Bird Machines"
00:00 - 01:30 - Featuring "Little Octet for Assorted Tubes & Cones" by James Nye
"The Abduction of the Object"
01:28 - End - Improvisations by James Nye & Ergo Phizmiz
Eloise performed by Martha Moopette & Rebecca Robertson
The Inventor performed by Zenith Pitts
00:00 - 00:43 - Voice of the Vine performed by James Nye
"The Invention of Birds" & "The Circus of Delightful Misery"
00:43 -02:56 - Interpretations of Erik Satie's "Le Tango Perpetuel" created with James Nye
"Secrets" monologue written & performed by James Nye
The Voice of Faustus performed by Zenith Pitts
Field-Recordings by The Travelling Mongoose
Insect Recordings by Irene Moon
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Contains interpretations of music by
The Four Tops
Argentian Tango from "Un Chien Andalou"
Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Contains samples too numerous to name...
Written & Recorded 2006-2009
Supported by Arts Council England
Instrumental excerpts have been released as "Music From The House of Dr Faustus" on the FMA